We’re now well into our second year of gardening. As we both have no previous gardening experience we are still very much learning by doing, and still experience the odd disaster, but that’s probably part of the fun.
Last year we planted a fairly random selection of vegetables, fruit and some herbs. Most of them turned out really well, so this year we decided to grow our own fruit and veg again. We already told you about our little green house where we grew our initial small plants here.
This is what the raspberries looked like after planting last year.
But, just a year on this is what they look like.
We had loads of delicious fruit.
The same happened with our blackberries. After planting the bush, it looked rather miserable, just one wooden stick poking up out of the ground.
A year on, this is what the, now huge, bush looks like.
It has loads of fruit on it, which is almost ripe.
Last year we were quite successful with our cherry tomatoes, so of course we planted some again this year. You can see that we have six tomato plants which should give us loads of tomatoes.
Because this summer has been so miserable, not one of the tomatoes has actually ripened yet.
But fingers crossed, we should have a load of delicious tomatoes soon.
Our courgettes were really successful last year, but this year has been a completely different story. This is the only plant that has zucchini on it and they are quite small and a bit pathetic.
All of the butternuts and pumpkins we are attempting to grow don’t have a single fruit on them. What a disappointment.
Our kohlrabi on the other hand is doing really well. They are meant to be harvested at about tennis ball size, which we are pretty much at now. I can’t wait to see what they taste like.
Most of the plants are in our front garden. Quite often, we get people stopping at our garden wall and pointing at the fruit and veg, especially people who walk past with children tend to stop and explain the different plants. We have also had people stop and give us advice, free manure and even met a few people who live in the area.
We are still complete garden novices, so let us know your gardening tips. We’d be grateful for any help we can get.